I would try another Brad Taylor book, but not if it is narrated by Jackson and Kaplan. The story is a bit disjointed in the beginning and needs a bit more cohesiveness, but once it gets underway, it is a pretty good book. I think that the narration scheme is part of the problem early on.
I don't think I can say without spoiling it for another reader/listener. There was no one moment that stood out singularly, but there were some nice moments. Some of the nice moments were ruined by the poor direction and narration.
I have listened to over 40 books in this genre and can't recall a narration performance like this one. Having two narrators speaking for common characters is very problematic. It takes quite a while to get accustomed to the secondary characters being voiced by both narrators. It is strange to hear Jackson narrate the voice of Kurt and then Kaplan voice the same character in a very different tone and interpretation. I don't know if it is the direction or the voice actors' interpretation, but the personality of the voices of Special Operators sounded excited and anxious during a mission where they are not under fire is extremely non realistic. These guys have ice water in their veins and don't get nervously excited when carrying out recon. Also, the narrator at once point mispronounced lead as "leed" instead of "led" when when the word obviously referred to the metal being shot from a firearm. I knew as soon as I was a third through the book that I would never purchase another Taylor book with these narrators. Different from other books in this genre, all the characters have the same accent even though some were Mayan, some were Arabic, some were Eastern European. They all had the same accent. The changes that were attempted by the narrators were simply giving a character falsetto or making their voice more gravelly. Just really poorly done.
It was worth the time, but I would never listen to it again because the poor narration really got on my nerves at times.
I look forward to trying another Brad Taylor book as I have already been through all of the Vince Flynn and all but one Brad Thor book. I am looking for a new series to go to and I hope my second Pike Logan book is performed better than this one.
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Generally speaking I liked this book, but some of the situations had me scratching my head. At one point, while charging a compound where Cahill is being held, he charges in and kills everyone, never stopping to question anyone as to where the girl is. He just keeps shooting and searching rooms,which does not sound like what a Delta operative would do. It sounds more like a plot contrivance. A smart operator would have taken a prisoner, found out the girl's location, and then planned out the way in and the way out. But other than that obvious departure from tradecraft, the books is quite well done, and I would recommend it.
Yes from Brad but if Jackson and Kaplan are narrating no....
I enjoy terrorist related books
This was so poorly written. Sounded like a high school term paper.
Much of the story is just so lame, and contrived. I am at a loss of words to express my dissatisfaction with book.
This one was so bad, I am returning it.
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
The modern technology used by Delta, and the wide range of mission tactics. The modern day warrior is significantly more advanced and complicated than the days of MACVSOG.
I had to buy the second book as a result of increasing interest in the realistic story line. If Brad Taylor wrote it, it has to be an extrapolation of his or his groups history. I would love to read some of the after-action reports.
I think Eric Henley, and Charley Beckworth jumped Taylor's butt for being too insightful. Taylor must be Americas' answer to James Bond. All kidding aside, this book is good and gives readers a look inside a very black world. This book would make a good TV series, oh wait a minute; that has already been done.
I hated the deep gravely voices used to indicate different people in the scene. I found the performance amateurish and distracting. Good story, but get some one with more range than this narrator.
The second book is much better than the first. I'm trying to find a copy of the third book. Evidently Audible hasn't heard of it yet. Get on the ball guys. I want to hear the third book.
I would also be very interested in knowing why Taylor left his group. Any S.F./Seal group/team is a family with bonds that are stronger than that of any sibling. I wouldn't be interested in hearing anything about age or retirement. Like it eludes too in the book, people like Pike have trouble assimilating into a world normal Citizens.
The single worst combination of story and narration I've ever heard. First book I have put down and won't pick back up in a long time. Very pre-mature story line and even worse narration. Wish I could say something nicer about this book as I was looking for a new author and series. This wasn't it.
I'd only recommend the hardcopy, not the audio book.
Voices and accents just seemed very much off the mark. Every time I resumed the book, the narration got on my nerves.
The story, the writing, and the reading. Sorry for the comparison, but after you've read Daniel Silva novels in the same genre- or even Nelson DeMille or Vince Flynn for that matter - the writing in this novel just doesn't compare. Many holes in the plot, cliched dialog, and downright sophomoric character development.
Possibly, if the reading had been decent, the story and dialog might have fared better. But the reading was atrocious. Inflection did not match the dialog or setting, etc. Give a listen to the masters - George Guidall, Ron McLarty, or even Scott Brick (if a sarcastic protagonist is called for) and you'll see what I mean. Why some authors opt for the voice artists they do is beyond me (I am a voice over artist but do not read for books).
I thought I would give the second book a chance but from the comments, I think I'm done with this author.
This was the first of 85 books I was really disappointed in.
I was not impressed by these characters at all and some of the story line was just preposterous. Jennifer was whinning one minute and kicking someone's face the next. The jumping back and forth between narrators was distracting, perhaps if the narration had been done by Brick or Hill these 15 hours would have been more enjoyable. The novel was not up to par with Flynn or Thor at all. Seems Taylor has only written two books so perhaps his style and story lines will get better. I was disappointed that I paid 22 bucks for this.
The best part was the overall storyline in this novel. It was creative and had plenty of twist and action especially in the second half.The least part I liked was the inclusion of the dark killings such as torturing cilivians. I frankly could have overlooked in the first time but it was reoccuring theme throughout. Plus, it didn't really fit. What politician would hire a sadistic killer to covertly monitor and take out targets without raising any attention? The driveby shooting on Pike was the most ridiclous idea to fit their objectives. There were other inconsisent things like the bugging of ultra-top secret government issued devices. Which in my opinion was also very stupid in the long run. If found, it would eventually be led back to the source. I could go on and on but hopefully you get the generally idea.
This is the first and only book of his I've read. I may get the second one in this series but haven't decided yet.
This is the first time listening to male narrators and I didn't care for it. Part of annoyance with the characters in the first half of the book may have been in part due to the narration.
Well, since movies rarely have the same content as the book version. Yes, if the main two characters and the major overall plot were the same or close to it.
If you having or had trouble listening to the first half of the book, stick with it or skip to the second half. The second half was good and worth gritting my teeth through the first part.If you are seeking romance, then don't bother with this book. In fact, the brutal violence throughout the novel will probably give you nightmares if you were hoping this was a romance novel.